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"Seeing you in action is a joke!"
—Blanka

Blanka (ブランカ Buranka?), also known by his birth name Jimmy (ジミー Jimī?), is a video game character from the Street Fighter series, first appearing in Street Fighter II. He is a feral man from the Brazilian jungle with green skin and the ability to generate electricity.

BiographyEdit

Personality Edit

Despite taking on the appearance of a wild man, Blanka is generally passive and docile, and is fond of family connections and friendships as well as children, as seen in the animated series. Yet, when angered, Blanka attacks as though he was a wild animal let loose from a cage, ferociously attacking his opponents with predatorial rage.

As the series goes on, Blanka while retaining his usual manner of speech, starts to develop a bit more common sense; which ironically makes him a more cautious-minded foil to the hot-headed Dan Hibiki. His dislike of masked men, as he believes good people shouldn't hide their faces, is also shown in his rival battle with El Fuerte and also with his win quote against Vega.

Concept Edit

Designed by Akira "Akiman" Yasuda, the concept behind Blanka emerged in an early design as an African man named Anabebe who was raised by a lion.[citation needed] After the release of Final Fight, Capcom again approached Street Fighter II and considered several designs for the Blanka character (including a masked wrestler modeled after Tiger Mask and a ninja-style warrior).[citation needed] His prototypical name was "Big Dean Caves".[citation needed] His design was later changed to a large man with thick hair and sideburns, named "Hammer Blanka".[citation needed]The staff then adopted Blanka's feral appearance, because they felt the game would be "dull" with only human characters.

Appearance and characteristics Edit

Blanka's most prominent physical characteristic is his green color, initially attributed to his consumption of chlorophyll from plants to blend into his jungle environment, a color change that eventually became permanent. However, when Street Fighter II was brought to the US, Blanka's coloring was attributed to his being struck by lightning during the electrical storm in which his plane crashed. In Street Fighter II, Blanka's skin is yellowish-green, but later versions of the character are bright green. Early Street Fighter II artwork of Blanka showed him having pure green skin, despite the in-game renders showing him with yellowish skin color. Aside from his green skin, Blanka also has vivid orange hair. His appearance in Street Fighter II became his Nostalgia costume in Street Fighter V.

In Blanka's redesign for Street Fighter V, his hair has grown longer and wild, on his head, limbs and chest. He has additional green hair lining his limbs.

His first alternate costume is a full sized 'Blanka Chan' doll from his character story.

His second alternate costume is an Aztec-like garb, consisting of an eagle helmet on his head, a large medalion around his neck and a shield affixed to his arm.

In the non-canon Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, Blanka appears in the ending of another green-skinned powerhouse, The Incredible Hulk. In the ending, Bruce Banner theorizes that gamma radiation caused Blanka's mutations, as they did his. He is also seen in the background of one stage, sitting in front of a campfire, in a crouch and face affixed in a snarl, across from The Beast; who mirrors his expression.

RelationshipsEdit

DanEdit

Blanka is Dan's only true friend (besides Sakura). It's unknown how long they have known each other but Dan was saved by Blanka at some point before the latter's mutation. Dan always addresses Blanka by his true name, "Jimmy".

SakuraEdit

Blanka and Sakura are very close friends. It is known that in Street Fighter V ​​​​​​, Blanka and Sakura stopped talking for a while, only to meet again.

StoryEdit

Street Fighter Alpha 3Edit

His in-game story, just like the in-game stories of the other characters in the series, serves as a precursor to the events of Street Fighter II. The game tells a tale of how Blanka ate a melon on a poacher's truck and unwittingly traveled to civilization for the first time. Blanka eventually faces his old friend Dan Hibiki as one of his mid-bosses.

Blanka later faces Zangief as his second mid-boss, and unwittingly prevents Zangief from helping to destroy the Shadaloo criminal organization. He then faces Shadaloo member Balrog before facing M. Bison. After Bison is defeated, Blanka, Dan, and Sakura work together and destroy Bison's Psycho Drive. It should be noted, however, that since many characters' endings in Alpha 3 each depict a different destruction of the Psycho Drive, Blanka's ending might not be canon.

Street Fighter IIEdit

In Street Fighter II, Blanka has apparently developed a taste for street fighting and competes in the second World Warrior tournament. In his ending, he reunites with his mother, who recognizes him on televised broadcasts of his matches by the anklets he wears. She addresses him by his birth name, Jimmy, and reveals that she gave him the anklets before he was in a plane crash as a little boy. This crash caused him to grow up in the wild, although he has connections to a local village. Ever since the crash, Blanka/Jimmy had been separated from his mother (who is seen wearing clothes more resembling traditional Thai wear).

Between his previous and this appearance in the series chronology, Blanka also learned to speak human language, presumably from Dan.

Street Fighter IV series Edit

Blanka leaves his mother because people kept staring at him, and goes to Hong-Kong with Dan. Dan quizzes him on what the second World Warrior tournament was like. He, Dan and Sakura then decide to enter the S.I.N. tournament, each for their own reasons, with Blanka himself wanting to win and earn people's respect.

After he loses in the final stages, he is wandering through S.I.N.'s HQ. There he bumps into Dan only to see flames heading towards them. The flames die before they can reach them, however, as they are extinguished by Sakura's and Ryu's Hadokens. It is revealed that his mother went looking for him and they are reunited, with Blanka resolving not to be concerned by the staring faces, since everything will be okay as long as he's with his "mama". He goes home, but isn't there long before he finds out that local visitors have arrived at his home to meet him and that he now has many new friends in town.[7]

Street Fighter V Edit

Yoshinori Ono showed a Brazilian stage in the original Street Fighter V, during which he was seen wearing a Blanka costume, which lead to belief at Blanka's future appearance in the game.[8] However, it was revealed to be the debut of Street Fighter newcomer (and fellow Brazilian fighter) Laura. Blanka instead gained a profile in the official Street Fighter V site. He was later confirmed as a playable character in the third season of DLC fighters.

Character storyEdit

Blanka is selling dolls known as "Blanka-chan" in Brazil until he bumped into Laura who accidentally stepped on one of the doll. After defeating her, Laura apologizes and calls Sean to help Blanka out, Sean advices him to sell the dolls in Japan.

At the Japanese arcade center where he tries selling the dolls, two schoolgirls noticed the dolls inside an arcade machine causing him to get angry and shake the machine, claiming Blanka-chan to be cuter and claiming the dolls inside the machine look like rat, but his rage accidentally broke the machine (referring his crazy actions in Sakura's character story) and regrets it, saying that the machine can't even last a day in the jungle. He tries to flee as soon as Sakura arrives to see what he had done. Sakura immediately recognizes Blanka, and Blanka himself apologizes her for breaking the machine. Sakura decides to tell the arcade manager about the Blanka-chan dolls to be put inside the machine. With that, his dolls became popular to almost everybody, unaware to Blanka.

Other character story appearancesEdit

In Sakura's character story, Blanka went "crazy" (as explained above) at one of the arcades in her workplace.

Crossover appearances Edit

Street Fighter EX seriesEdit

Blanka is available as a playable character in the later games of the Street Fighter EX series, Street Fighter EX 2 and Street Fighter EX 3.

Capcom vs. SNK seriesEdit

He also made appearances as a playable character in Capcom vs. SNK and Capcom vs. SNK 2. According to his ending in Capcom vs. SNK 2, he thought he was flown home, but when he got off the plane, he ends up in a zoo instead.

Street Fighter X TekkenEdit

Blanka appears as a playable DLC character in Street Fighter X Tekken, his tag partner is Sakura and their Tekken rivals are Lars and Alisa.

Street Fighter × Mega ManEdit

Blanka appears as one of the eight stage fighting bosses in the official fan made game Street Fighter × Mega Man. His copy weapon is Tropical Hazard, while he is weak against Dhalsim's copy weapon Yoga Inferno.

Monster Hunter 4 UltimateEdit

In Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, there is a Palico Armor called F Blanka Pants, which makes the Palico look like Blanka. From the same quest, the player can also get the F Blanka Fish weapon.

Puzzle FighterEdit

Blanka appears one of the available characters in the puzzle game Puzzle Fighter.

Comics Edit

UDON comics Edit

In UDON's Street Fighter II comics, Blanka is found by Delta Red as a test subject of a Shadaloo lab in Brazil. While the team succeeds in retrieving him, along with Dee Jay (who had been acting as a brainwashed flunkie for them), he is later recaptured and assigned as a Shadaloo fighter in the upcoming Street Fighter tournament. He is defeated by Guile in the first round and, after the fall of Shadaloo, he reunites with his estranged mother.

In the comics, the reason for Blanka's skin color and electrical abilities is the same as in the movies; it was because of Shadaloo's experiments.

Street Fighter vs. DarkstalkersEdit

In Street Fighter vs. Darkstalkers, B.B. Hood mistakes Blanka for a Darkstalker and attacks him, but Blanka manages to fight her off.

Live-Action Films Edit

Street Fighter motion pictureEdit

The 1994 live-action Street Fighter film combined Charlie and Blanka into a single character. Robert Mammone plays the role of Blanka. At the beginning of the film, Guile's close friend Carlos Blanka (Charlie) is taken captive by Bison, who subjects him to genetic testing to create the perfect soldier. The film was made prior to Charlie's introduction as a playable character in the Street Fighter Alpha games.

Movies and Animations Edit

Street Fighter II: The Animated MovieEdit

Blanka makes a brief appearance in a hotel where a luxurious convention is held. Blanka appears in the evening entertainment, where he is lowered from a cage to fight Zangief. Blanka uses his Rolling Attack and Electric Shock when fighting. He was voiced by Unshō Ishizuka in Japanese, and Tom Carlton in English.

Street Fighter cartoon seriesEdit

He was voiced by Scott McNeil. In the cartoon, Blanka was portrayed as the protector of a small Brazilian village who eventually "rejoined" the Street Fighter team. Blanka appears as one of the more recurrent characters in the U.S. cartoon, acting as a scout gathering information for Guile and his friends on various missions. In the four episodes of the second season, "New Kind of Evil", "Face of Fury", "The Flame and the Rose", and "The Beast Within", Blanka had become Evil Blanka.

Wreck-It RalphEdit

Blanka makes a cameo in Disney's 52nd Animated film Wreck-It Ralph during the closing credits. Ralph tries to fight Blanka, but ends up defeated when he gets shocked.

Gameplay Edit

Fighting style and abilities Edit

Blanka fights in a self-taught, animalistic savage style (however, Capcom's USA division originally depicted it as a Capoeira technique). When using his signature attack, Electric Thunder, he crouches and emits an electrical current shocking anyone and anything it touches.

MovesetEdit

Despite being a primarily charge-based character, Blanka's fighting style is based on speed and unpredictability. His unusual appearance and movement mean he can often surprise opponents with the range and sudden ferocity of his attacks, most of which are various incarnations of his Rolling Attack. His jump is very fast, allowing him to quickly hop over projectiles and attack opponents before they can recover.

In addition, his bestial characteristics allow him to counter moves in unusual ways - for instance, in the Street Fighter II series, Blanka can avoid a High Tiger Shot from Sagat by simply walking forward, allowing it to pass over his head. Later games modified the Rolling Attack so that the weaker versions of the move stopped short, allowing him more tactical capability, as well as introducing other variants of the move to increase the player's options for approaching opponents.

The series, as well as later games, grant Blanka moves that allow him to rush backwards and forwards quickly to surprise opponents, and sliding moves such as the Amazon River Run that allow him to slip under projectiles and attack an opponent's legs.

In Street Fighter V, Blanka retains all of his moves from the previous games and his Lightning Cannonball Ultra Combo in Street Fighter IV is his Critical Art known as Dynamic Rolling. His first V-Trigger is the Jungle Dynamo where his special attack can roll his opponent directly and his second V-Trigger Lightning Beast can roll his opponents in electric fashion in both ground and mid-air. His stats are Health 3 Power 3 Mobility 5 Techniques 3 Range 3 Total 17

Quotes Edit

See: Blanka/Quotes

Pop Culture Edit

Blanka/Pop Culture

TriviaEdit

  • The meaning of Blanka, in Esperanto, is "white". It is similar to "blanca" in Spanish, which also means white but in feminine form.
  • Blanka is Yoshinori Ono's favorite Street Fighter character, and he is often seen with a Blanka toy that he uses to hide spoilers, according to an interview with the Nintendo Channel.[citation needed]
    • Ono obtained this afore-mentioned toy along with a few extra, from the hamburger restaurant Jollibee's Kids Meal set in the Philippines similar to the Happy Meals from McDonald's.[9] Currently one of them is broken and Ono keeps the other close to him.
    • In Blanka's character story in Street Fighter V, Blanka often carries the Blanka-chan doll around, a reference to Ono carrying his Blanka toy as explained above.
  • Blanka shares a birthday with the Naturalist Charles Darwin who postulated evolution by natural selection. Many of Darwin's facts were collected during his expedition of South America. Darwin has been depicted as a monkey-man (like Blanka) due to the implications of his theory on man's evolution.
  • Blanka and Adon share some similarities with each other: they have orange hair, they are both voiced by the same person in English (Taliesen Jaffe), and their 10th alternate colors represent their former color schemes from when they first debuted. Adon first appeared in the original Street Fighter, and Blanka first appeared in Street Fighter II.
  • Ingrid has a unique opening when facing Blanka in Street Fighter Alpha 3 MAX, where she throws a random fruit (being either a pineapple, a watermelon or a hand of bananas) upon which he either catches it in his mouth or gets hit on the head with it.
  • According to Blanka's SSFIV win quote towards Ken, he is the only electric fighter, which is not true as C. Viper fights with (among other gadgets) her electric gloves. Other fighters who have also made use of electricity are Ryu, Necro, Urien, Gouken, and Laura. It should be noted that Blanka considers C. Viper to be a cheater because of her gadgets and he considers Urien to be weak due to the latter's ego (as stated in the former's win-quote as well). Blanka has not met Necro yet.
    • Due to Laura and Sean helping Blanka, he could possibly consider Laura a friend, as said in his win-quote (which could mean that Blanka acknowledges Laura as an electric fighter).
  • Blanka is one of the few characters in the original Street Fighter IV to have one rival (in his case, El Fuerte) throughout the whole game series.
  • Blanka is strong enough to generate 150.000 volts of lightning.
  • In Sakura's Story costume in Street Fighter V, which depicts her working outfit, a Blanka doll can be seen attached to her waist, at the back.
  • Blanka's second V-Trigger Lightning Beast's exclusive Special Move, Rolling Cannon, bears a striking resemblance to Beast Cannon, a move most commonly associated with Darkstalkers character Jon Talbain/Gallon.
  • Blanka is one of the few Street Fighter V characters to not be afraid of Necalli, as according to his win-quote towards him.

Stage ThemeEdit

Gallery Edit

For the gallery, see: Blanka/Gallery

SpritesEdit

For the sprite gallery, see: Blanka/Sprites.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 http://www.capcom.co.jp/sf4/blanka.html
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Street Fighter: World Warrior Encyclopedia Hardcover
  3. Street Fighter II SNES manual, p.20
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 http://www.capcom.co.jp/sfv/chara_blanka.html
  5. 5.0 5.1 Capcom 30th Anniversary Character Encyclopedia
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Street Fighter V Stat Card
  7. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdRZx3JJ7Ns
  8. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uw1vaEjhtyg
  9. https://twitter.com/Yoshi_OnoChin/status/309463257054334976
Street Fighter series Playable Characters
Main Series
SF Logo Ken · Ryu
Street-fighter-ii-logo The World Warrior Blanka · Chun-Li · Dhalsim · E. Honda · Guile · Zangief
Champion Edition Balrog · M. Bison · Sagat · Vega
Super Cammy · Dee Jay · Fei Long · T. Hawk
Turbo Akuma
Ultra Violent Ken
SFAlogo Alpha Adon · Birdie · Charlie · Dan · Guy · Rose · Sodom
Alpha 2 Evil Ryu · Gen · Rolento · Sakura · Shin Akuma
Alpha 3 Cody · Juli · Juni · Karin · R. Mika
Alpha 3 Upper Eagle · Maki
Alpha 3 MAX Ingrid
Street fighter iii logo New Generation Alex · Dudley · Elena · Ibuki
Necro · Oro · Sean · Yang · Yun
2nd Impact Gill · Hugo · Urien
3rd Strike Makoto · Q · Remy · Twelve
Street fighter iv logo IV Abel · C. Viper · El Fuerte · Gouken · Rufus · Seth
Super Hakan · Juri
Arcade Edition Oni
Ultra Decapre · Poison
SFV-Logo-R-3 V F.A.N.G · Laura · Necalli · Rashid
Season 2 Abigail · Ed · Kolin · Menat · Zeku
Season 3 Falke · G
Spin-offs
Street Fighter The Movie Logo Arkane · Blade · F7 · Khyber · Sawada
Street-fighter-ii--the-animated-movie Cyborg
Sfexlogo EX Allen · Blair · C. Jack · Darun · D. Dark
Hokuto · Kairi · Pullum · Skullomania
EX Plus Bloody Hokuto · Cycloid-β · Cycloid-γ · Garuda
EX2 Hayate · Nanase · Shadowgeist · Sharon
EX2 Plus Area · V. Rosso
EX3 Ace · Bison II
Fighting EX Layer Hayate
Marvel vs. Capcom Logo MSHvSF Cyber-Akuma · Dark Sakura · Mech-Zangief · Shadow
MvC Shadow Lady
SFO Shin
Street Fighter II Characters
The World Warrior Blanka · Chun-Li · Dhalsim · E. Honda · Guile · Ken · Ryu · Zangief
Champion Edition Balrog · M. Bison · Sagat · Vega
Super Cammy · Dee Jay · Fei Long · T. Hawk
Turbo Akuma
Ultra Evil Ryu · Shin Akuma · Violent Ken
Street Fighter: The Movie Characters
Core Roster Akuma · Balrog · Cammy · Chun-Li · E. Honda · Guile · Ken
M. Bison · Ryu · Sagat · Sawada · Vega · Zangief
Arcade Only Arkane · Blade · F7 · Khyber
Console Only Blanka · Dee Jay
CPU Only Super Bison
Street Fighter Alpha Characters
Alpha Adon · Akuma · Birdie · Charlie · Chun-Li · Dan · Guy
Ken · M. Bison · Rose · Ryu · Sagat · Sodom
Alpha 2 Original Dhalsim · Evil Ryu · Gen · Rolento · Sakura · Zangief
Console Shin Akuma
Gold Cammy
Alpha 3 Original Balrog · Blanka · Cody · E. Honda · Juli · Juni · Karin · R. Mika · Vega
Console Dee Jay · Fei Long · Guile · T. Hawk
Upper Eagle · Maki · Yun
MAX Ingrid
Street Fighter EX Characters
EX Original Akuma · Allen · Blair · Chun-Li · C. Jack · Darun · D. Dark · Guile
Hokuto · Kairi · Ken · Pullum · Ryu · Skullomania · Zangief
Plus Bloody Hokuto · Cycloid-β · Cycloid-γ · Evil Ryu · Garuda · M. Bison
Plus α Dhalsim · Sakura
EX2 Original Blanka · Hayate · Nanase · Shadowgeist · Sharon · Vega
Plus Area · Sagat · V. Rosso
EX3 Ace · Bison II
CPU Only Shin-Bison · Cycloids · Zako
SNK vs. Capcom Characters
The Match of the Millennium Akuma · Chun-Li · Dan · Evil Ryu · Guile
Ken · M. Bison · Ryu · Sakura · Zangief
Millennium Fight 2000 Balrog · Blanka · Cammy · Dhalsim · E. Honda · Sagat · Vega
Mark of the Millennium 2001 Eagle · Kyosuke · Maki · Rolento · Shin Akuma · Yun
SVC Chaos Hugo · Violent Ken
Street Fighter IV Characters
Original Abel · Akuma · Balrog · Blanka · Chun-Li · C. Viper · Dhalsim · E. Honda
El Fuerte · Guile · Ken · M. Bison · Rufus · Ryu · Sagat · Vega · Zangief
Console Cammy · Dan · Fei Long · Gen · Gouken · Rose · Seth · Sakura
Super Adon · Cody · Dee Jay · Dudley · Guy · Hakan · Ibuki · Juri · Makoto · T. Hawk
Arcade Edition Evil Ryu · Oni · Yang · Yun
Ultra Decapre · Elena · Hugo · Poison · Rolento
Street Fighter X Tekken Characters
Core Roster Abel · Akuma · Balrog · Cammy · Chun-Li · Dhalsim · Guile · Hugo · Ibuki · Juri
Ken · M. Bison · Poison · Rufus · Rolento · Ryu · Sagat · Vega · Zangief
Downloadable Blanka · Cody · Dudley · Elena · Guy · Sakura
Street Fighter V Characters
Original Birdie · Cammy · Chun-Li · Dhalsim · F.A.N.G · Karin · Ken · Laura
M. Bison · Nash · Necalli · R. Mika · Rashid · Ryu · Vega · Zangief
Season 1 Alex · Balrog · Guile · Ibuki · Juri · Urien
Season 2 Abigail · Akuma · Ed · Kolin · Menat · Zeku
Season 3 Blanka · Cody · Falke · G · Sagat · Sakura
CPU Only AS · Aprile · Decapre · Enero · Février · Juli · März · Peter
Phantom Bison · Santamu · Satsuki · Two P